Man wielding tire iron gets three years

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

A Proctorville man accused of threatening a Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy with a tire iron was among those entering guilty pleas last week in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Jeffrey Spencer, 28, of 248 Township Road 1163, pleaded guilty to one count of felonious assault and one count of obstructing official business stemming from one incident that occurred last year.

Spencer also pleaded guilty as well to one count of breaking and entering stemming from a separate but unrelated incident that took place on the same day.

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Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown sentenced Spencer to three years in prison on the felonious assault charge and 12 months on each of the other two charges. All three sentences will run concurrently.

“All I’m wanting is some rehab,” Spencer told the court. “I need rehab. I’m a good guy, a good guy as long as I’m not on alcohol, as good a guy as you’ve ever met. That’s what I want after a little prison is some rehab.”

McCown said he hoped Spencer would indeed find the help he said he was looking for.

“There is no question some people, once they get hooked on alcohol or drugs, it makes a different person out of them,” McCown said.

Spencer was arrested Nov. 23, 2005, after he threatened deputy Darren Hamlin with a tire iron when Hamlin was trying to apprehend a runaway juvenile, Assistant Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson said.

Spencer was also charged in connection with a breaking and entering in Scottown that occurred earlier that same day.

In another case, Joseph Inscoe, 25, of 80 County Road 408, Ironton, will serve five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to

four counts of burglary. Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Frank McCown also ordered Inscoe to pay all court costs and gave him credit for time served in jail awaiting resolution of his case.

“I just want to say I’m sorry for what I did. I was under the influence of drugs. I acted wrong and I’m willing to take my punishment,” Inscoe said.

He is accused of breaking into four houses in the Proctorville area in September 2005.